Quantum -- his jumpsuit stripped to his waist, exposing a long-sleeved black shirt from J.Crew's Fall 2001 catalog -- carries packing cases under Krem's nervous eye and weapon. They chat a bit, and Quantum learns that Felix is Krem's cousin and captain of the Ferengi vessel. Quantum plays up to Krem, telling him he figured Krem to be the Lobe in charge. "This is only my first month on the job," Krem chuckles, and explains that he works for Felix. Quantum asks him why they need all the stuff from Enterprise "You already seem to have plenty of technology," Quantum says. "Oh, you can never have too much. The Rules of Acquisition say 'Expand or die.'" Hmm; so the Ferengi really are direct descendents of AOL Time-Warner. Interesting. I thought I noticed a little Steve Case in Felix -- it's the nose. Quantum asks Krem about The Rules of Acquisition and is told that Krem has memorized all one hundred seventy-three rules. "Including the most important one: 'A man is only worth the sum of his possessions,'" quoth the Krispy Krem. "Back on my homeworld, that kind of thinking almost destroyed our civilization," Quantum tells him, the Tones of Sanctimony creeping in. Krispy Krem's incredulous. "You should have managed your businesses better," he says in wonderfully surprised tones. Krispy Krem urges Quantum to keep moving stuff for him.
Episode Report CardKeckler: B+ | 462 USERS: B-
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